Taal Volcano is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Southern Luzon. There’s a high traffic visitors during breaks and peak seasons. It has a unique form that attracts tourists from all over the globe. It also offers a scenic view that you will surely enjoy. Its main access point is the town of Talisay in Batangas. There are two routes in which you can take to reach Talisay. From Tagaytay or Batangas, you can either take the public transportation or your private vehicle to reach the town.
From there, you will be renting a motorized boat to take you to the Volcano Island. There would be times where strong winds will sweep along the lake. It can create big waves. It can provide a thrilling boat ride for visitors. You’ll also be passing along local fishermen and fish farms. You will get to enjoy the beauty of the lake and the lush foliage. You can also observe the simple life of the locals. The ride towards the crater is an adventure in on itself. Savor the feeling of being embraced by nature. Visit and you will surely marvel at the view of the sky, the lake, the island, and everything about Taal Volcano.
Once you reach the island, you have the choice to pick from the three trails. Each one will give you unrivaled views of Taal Volcano. You can also have a unique experience with each one. The Spanish Trail or Daang Kastila and the Kenney Trail differ greatly from each other. Another secret trail that is open for tourists, which will take you to the crater lake, is the Calauit Trail. You will get to enjoy the journey towards the rim of the crater. It is indeed a memorable adventure for the tourists. You can take these trails without a tour guide. Or you can also avail tour packages where you will have a planned itinerary for the day.
Daang Kastila or the Spanish Trail is a popular choice among tourists. It offers leisure activity of riding a horse around the Taal Crater while witnessing the grandeur of the turquoise lake and the rich vegetation. It is a favorite option because it offers a splendid view – your eyes can feast on the magnificence of the crater and the lake.
Aside from this, horse riding is another attraction of this trail. You can avail this activity for a roundtrip ride for only ₱500. Children and adults can both enjoy this entertainment which is great for bonding and relaxation. But it is also advised to refrain from riding horses to and from the crater because of their weak state. However, during weekends and peak season, Spanish Trail can get quite dusty with plenty of tourists and horses.
If you want to fully experience what this trail has to offer, it is recommended to visit Taal Volcano during weekdays. The trek is much more quiet and peaceful – you can take in the view and see the volcano island, crater, and lake in its fullness.
Although it does not offer the same wide scope view as with the Spanish Trail, this path is preferred by those who want a calmer and quieter trek towards the crater. It is privately developed and if you want to just bask in silence while taking in the spectacular view, this route is perfect for you.
The path is more pleasant because you’ll be trudging under the shade of trees and there are fewer people and horses to pass by. It exudes a secluded and more intimate ambiance which you can take advantage of to truly connect with nature.
Calauit Trail is not as famous as the first two paths. In fact, it is considered to be a secret trail that most backpackers want to take because it is the least used trail. It will first take you to the rim of the caldera which will offer you a great panoramic view. There are huts built on these spots so you can take a breath and rest for a while.
Once you’re ready, you can descend down to the lake. You will get to witness and experience firsthand the calm waters of the crater lake. But the appeal of this trail is that there is another secret path which you can travel through to get to the other side. On this area of the Taal Volcano Island, you’ll be able to observe volcanic activities. You will see sulfuric gas and steam coming out from holes on the ground. You will also be able to see boiling water from dips in the land.